Over 100 Nursing Homes in NYS Receive Lowest Federal Rating
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services utilize a 5-star rating system in federal reviews of nursing homes for safety, staffing, and quality measures. The most recent review in New York State found 107 nursing homes to earn the lowest possible rating. (1)
Ratings are determined based on a variety of factors. Some of which include results from health inspections, injuries to patients, hospitalizations and proper medication management by nursing home staff.
Such a drastic number of nursing homes in New York State earning the lowest federal rating further highlights the importance of the CDPAP as an alternative option for families.
Not only does the program save a tremendous amount of money for Medicaid, as Burd Home Health has entailed in a previous post from their company newsletter (https://www.burdhomehealth.com/single-post/CDPAP-and-nursing-home), it also provides consumers the choice to manage their own care.
The importance of consumers being able to make these decisions is echoed in a statement by a top official from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
“Our goal is to drive quality improvements across the industry and empower consumers to make decisions, with more confidence, for their loved ones,” said administrator Seema Verma of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. (1)
One specific aspect of the federal rating system for nursing homes deals with staffing. Many nursing facilities suffer from a lack of trained staff. A nursing home lacking a registered nurse on staff for up to a week in any given quarter receives a 1-star staffing rating. This not only includes most of the 107 facilities with an overall 1-star rating, but many more throughout the state.
A lack of properly trained staff has a direct correlation to an increased chance of patient injuries and hospitalizations all of which contribute to a lower overall rating by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
An advocacy group in New York State known as Elder Justice has been pushing for the Safe Staffing Act which would mandate minimum nurse-to-patient ratios to help with the staffing shortage at nursing homes.
"What we've seen when we look at this chart and look at staffing for 1 stars versus 5 stars - in general the one star homes have the lowest staffing," said Ken Traub, a member of Elder Justice. (2)
Burd Home Health believes that the best care comes from someone you know and trust. The CDPAP Program is designed to give families the power to make their own decisions with regards to who cares for their loved ones.
Robinson, David. “107 New York Nursing Homes Receive Lowest Fed Rating: What to Know about Staffing, Quality.” Lohud.com, Rockland/Westchester Journal News, 20 May 2019, www.lohud.com/story/news/health/2019/05/16/107-new-york-nursing-homes-received-lowest-rating-check-local-scores/3682011002/.
Wham. “Advocates Call for Mandatory Minimum Staffing at Nursing Homes.” WHAM, 13 WHAM, 26 Apr. 2019, 13wham.com/news/local/advocates-call-for-mandatory-minimum-staffing-at-nursing-homes.